I didn't get into his writing either, Cheryl, but I'll try his books again sometime. The first time I read Robin Hobb I got through Assassin's Apprentice, then kind of lost interest. This was an AGE ago. More recently I read her Tawny Man trilogy and was TOTALLY hooked. The same with the Liveship ones. I couldn't put them down, and I've been desperate to go back and read the Farseer trilogy in its entirity. Hard to say why I didn't get into it the first time... too many reasons to fathom probably.
I read (and liked) Anne Bishop's trilogy about the blood and I agree that it's certainly among the more original works out there. I have read her other trilogy about the fae (the first one is called the pillars of the world). I didn't particularly like it though. It's set in an entirely different universe and it's about a type of inquisition. The main theme felt very much overused to me and there are too many characters that are very similar (powerful female witches). There was no character that I really liked and I felt that they lacked the interest of the characters in her other trilogy. I do know Bishop's got another book coming out soon (in January I think) set in the world of the blood. It's called "Dreams made flesh", but I have no idea what it's about. There's also a short story (that I haven't read either) about Surreal in the anthology called "Powers of Detection: Tales of Mystery and Fantasy".
It's been a while since I read Kay, but save for what the others mentioned, I seem to recall liking the one called "A song for Arbonne".
I just finished Pullman's trilogy and was surprised to learn that some people find his worldview very disturbing and therefore don't like to read his books. (One woman even went so far as to say she thought he had a warped perspective on the world, which she found very distasteful.).
Memory at least I'm not alone in the Kay thing. I think the deal with Robin Hobb is sometimes she gets a little slow in her writing and you can lose interest. Most of the time the books are great but she gets in these slow moments in those first books that made me almost not read the series then of course I loved them too. I think all authors have moments like that where the stories move slow. I'm having trouble with the slow moments and doing too much action when I write.
What Kay did you try reading?
Trys, I don't remember the name of it I think it had Lion in the title though. It was his first book to come out and I had just joined this bookclub where you order 8 books for a dollar. I thought I'd try him. I was much younger then and he may have been over my head or just different from the normal fantasy I read then. I'd understand him now though that's why I need to try him one more time. He was new at the time his first book I think.
Cheryl, Lions of Al-Rassan is NOT Kay's first book. His first novels, as far as I know, were the Fionavar Tapestry trilogy (The Summer Tree, The Wandering Fire, and The Darkest Road) and then came Tigana. I think A Song for Arbonne also predates Lions, but I don't have the books at my fingertips to check. It might be just that I read them in that order.
Thanks Jay Jay I just thought it was one of his first books now that I recall it was his second series thanks for that reminder. The one I had was one of the Tigana books the first one. I wasn't that familiar with him then either it seems LOL
I believe you are correct on the order of Kay's books.
Sounds to me like Kay is a new author to you. ::big smile:: Do give him a try. I can not imagine, with you're being a fan of Janny's work, that you wouldn't like his.
Janny has Arithon Kay doesn't that's a big difference LOL I will try him then and he's in paperback now so that will help. He is a new author to me. I didn't get that quality that Janny has with her characters with Kay. But I won't give up on him.
I for my painting today for those that were at WFC with me. I finally got Janny's painting it's great I love it. I hung it up behind me in this room. It's great to have it. I feel I worked hard for it LOL I'm glad it arrived in good condition. Now to pay for it.